USA drops another game to Canada 2-1 in the Olympics

Gints Meija Wojtek Wolski
USA drops another game to Canada 2-1 in the Olympics

16 February, 2018

"Be proud of the way we played".

Jan Urbas put a dent in the U.S lead when he scored through a screen at 5:49 of the third period.

Slovenia made a hard push, the Americans played on their heels and a promising night ended in disappointment.

The Canadian men's hockey team wanted no part of the early upset trend that saw the favoured United States and Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) stunned by Slovenia and Slovakia, respectively.

Granato said his players have to forget about Slovenia, ASAP.

That's precisely what happened. "For 40 minutes, we proved that we're a pretty unsafe team". The Americans had repeated breakdowns defensively and Slovenia seized momentum by keeping the pressure on.

The Swedes have done this before with young defensemen - please recall the weird decision to dress Oliver Ekman-Larsson for their semifinal game in Sochi and then not actually give the then-22-year-old Arizona Coyotes defenseman a shift in the game.

"We trained our whole lives to win a gold medal here", Buffalo Grove's Megan Bozek said. "But even after that I really like our team".

"If you drag this one out then. you're not going to be ready to play in a couple of days". Our issue right now is mostly defensively. "We got away from that in the third".

If nothing else, Team USA learned a valuable lesson.

"I don't think we played bad in the first two periods".

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Canadian defender Brigette Lacquette roofed a backhand over Rooney late in the period, but the whistle was already sounding for players in the crease and it was quickly waived off. "It was no problem", Slovenia forward Blaz Gregorc said. Should the United States want to face them in the final, and win, the United States may have to dial back some of the aggression we've come to see from these games to stay clear of the penalty box.

As Mursak's final shot went past goaltender Ryan Zapolski, U.S. players hung their heads on the bench before Slovenia players celebrated with their fans Wednesday.

Team USA trailed 2-0 when the second period ended, but two-time Olympian Kendall Coyne scored quickly when the US returned to the ice. "But no excuses. They were the better team in the third". "They came out with more fire".

"Starting out like that and getting a goal early (Bourque's first of the game just 2:57 in) really gave us a boost and everybody on the bench was super excited", Roy said.

Games between these teams are full of scrambling dangers, full of chances to score, and the Americans had more than their share.

"It's a first win off our back - we're happy with it. Things we're going to have to learn: to move on. It's an incredible ...when the two teams play well you can't not help but love watching it".

The Americans got on the board on the first shift of the third period, when Coyne scored five-hole on an end-to-end rush.

Team USA will need to show better communication in its own end after defensive breakdowns created too many scoring chances.

"I always expect a lot of shots against the USA and we did a great job keeping their shots to the outside", Lacasse said. Coach Tony Granato chalked it up to some mental fatigue. They will continue their Olympic play on February 19. The first two periods were great hockey.

"We needed it from everybody and I thought we got a real good performance from lots of guys tonight", he added.

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